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Children of the Revolution: The Keys to Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom

Children of the Revolution: The Keys to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson’s long-awaited new film, offers us an uncommonly expansive view of a New England island community, but it begins in a country house that is isolated and cut-off from the outside world in every sense. Anderson’s camera, determinedly stocked with Super 16mm film in a pervasively digital...
A bright future for Finnish cinema

A bright future for Finnish cinema

“The refugee question in Europe has obsessed me for years. Even stray dogs are treated better.”; “I like space battles.” Aki Kaurismäki and Timo Vuorensola, Finnish film makers and respectable directors of last year’s Palme d’Or competitor Le Havre and Europe-wide hit Iron Sky couldn’t be further apart. The former...
Reimagining Naïvety - Metropolis and 21st century politics

Reimagining Naïvety – Metropolis and 21st century politics

Utopias and dystopias of the past tell us something about the present: they reveal hopes and fears surrounding decisions that led to the way things are now. Fritz Lang’s Metropolis [1927] is a socialist fable of this kind. It unfolds the story of a mechanical city that has forgotten its...
This Must Be The Place

This Must Be The Place

Celebrated European arthouse directors can have a hard time adjusting to filmmaking in America. Just as Woody Allen has struggled to make decent movies outside his native Manhattan through misjudgement and naivety of his new surroundings, Old-world auteurs can struggle to get to grips with the American reality. This Must...
“If we could tell a film, then why make a film” - Jafar Panahi’s This is Not A Film

“If we could tell a film, then why make a film” – Jafar Panahi’s This is Not A Film

Like many an oppressive political regime before it, Iran has shown a horrifying effectiveness in marginalising its own artists. In 2010, a decade of increasing censorship and intimidation eventually came to a head for the Iranian New Wave great Jafar Panahi. He was arrested and branded an agitator against the...
Into The Abyss: A Tale of Life, A Tale of Death

Into The Abyss: A Tale of Life, A Tale of Death

Werner Herzog has always been preoccupied with what he refers to as the “ecstatic truth” – for him, “The deepest essential that defines us as human beings.” This has never been more evident than in his recent documentary work. Of these features, the remarkable triad of Grizzly Man, Encounters at...
Michael Haneke: #5 - The Time of the Wolf

Michael Haneke: #5 – The Time of the Wolf

Michael Haneke’s fascination with the human condition has been the nucleus of a two-decade long film-directing career. His very reputation as a social commentator of the bleak and brutal aspects of life is built upon the consistency of his method and his genre. Other than perhaps, Funny Games, a critique...
The Oscars - what happened to the pomp and the buzz?

The Oscars – what happened to the pomp and the buzz?

Mirroring the wider film industry’s own identity crisis and financial restructuring, the Academy Awards currently finds itself in a curious phase of renewal. In its own eyes, and through the alterations it imposes on itself year after year, it is engaged in a constant struggle between attempting to single out...
A Dangerous Method

A Dangerous Method

While the multiple BAFTA-winning The Artist is a triumph of reticence, A Dangerous Method appears to champion verbosity. I have seen both films in quick succession, and am left with the impression that A Dangerous Method’s scriptwriter seems unaware that, remarkably, brevity is more effective than redundancy. A Dangerous Method,...